MLB Overnight Lines with Betting Value for Aug. 14

Matthew Jordan

Sunday, August 13, 2017 9:31 PM UTC

Sunday, Aug. 13, 2017 9:31 PM UTC

We browse the early MLB odds board in search of betting value on Monday’s slate. Read on for selections on two games that will maximize your profits.

Mets at Yankees (TBA)

It’s Game 1 of the Subway Series, shown on ESPN (7 p.m. ET), and the Mets will add the designated hitter. These two franchises were sniping at one another through the media last week after the Mets traded Jay Bruce to Cleveland. Why? The Yankees thought they had agreed to a deal with the Mets on Bruce – a better one than the Indians offered. While the Tribe gave up a low-level pitcher, they did eat the rest of Bruce’s salary. The Yankees had agreed to send two prospects requested by the Mets in exchange for the Mets eating part of the roughly $5 million Bruce was owed the rest of the season. Earlier this season, the Yankees also had tried to obtain Lucas Duda from the Mets, who instead dealt him to the Rays. These teams just don’t make trades. They haven’t done a player-for-player deal since Dec. 3, 2004, when Felix Heredia was moved to the Mets for Mike Stanton. Some believe the Mets didn’t want to trade Bruce to the Yankees because the Bombers nixed a deal for Neil Walker at the July 31st deadline. Walker was traded over the weekend to Milwaukee.

This has been a completely lost season for the Mets, but at least they could claim city bragging rights by perhaps winning at least three of four (or sweeping) from the Bombers. The final two games are at Citi Field on Wednesday & Thursday. The Mets and Yankees split the four games last year.

There’s no opening line on this one because the Yankees haven’t announced their starting pitcher as of this writing. It was going to be Masahiro Tanaka, but he landed on the disabled list Saturday with right shoulder inflammation. So it will likely be one of three guys here: Bryan Mitchell, Luis Cessa or Chance Adams. The Yanks will be favored regardless.

The Mets go Rafael Montero (1-8, 6.06), who is 0-4 with a 6.48 ERA since the start of July. He’s only in the rotation because of injuries to other guys. You should be fading the Mets the rest of the season for the most part. They have clearly waived the white flag in dealing Bruce and Walker. They might not be done, either.

Free MLB Pick: YankeesBest Line Offered: BetOnline

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Astros at Diamondbacks (-150)

It’s two of the best offensive teams in baseball for this interleague series opener – Houston is No. 1 in MLB in runs while Arizona is No. 2 in home scoring -- and it’s not impossible it’s a World Series preview, although Arizona would have to get there as a wild-card team (and past the Dodgers in the NLDS). Houston still has the AL’s best record but has been slumping. The Astros will lose the DH for this one. That’s normally Carlos Beltran, and at his age (40) the team really doesn’t want him playing the outfield so presumably he will be limited to pinch-hitting.

Houston starts Collin McHugh (0-1, 5.32). It’s only his fifth start of the season as he didn’t debut until July 22 due to an elbow injury. McHugh’s last start was easily his worst, allowing seven runs and nine hits in a loss at the White Sox.

Arizona ace Zack Greinke (13-5, 3.14) lost to his former Dodgers team last time out, allowing three runs and walking an uncharacteristic four batters in 6.2 innings. He is 5-2 with a 2.66 ERA (13 ER in 44.0 IP) in eight career starts vs. Houston. At home this season, Greinke is 10-1 with a 2.52 ERA and 103 strikeouts to just 17 walks in 85.2 innings. He’s 2-0 with a 0.86 ERA in three interleague starts this year.

Free MLB Pick: Diamondbacks -150Best Line Offered: Pinnacle

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